04/18/2012 03:13 pm ET Updated Apr 19, 2012

'Jeopardy!' Power Players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dana Perino, Anderson Cooper And Others To Compete

WASHINGTON -- Ever want to know how basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's trivia skills stack up against those of George W. Bush's former press secretary Dana Perino?

The third-ever "Jeopardy!" Power Players Week episodes are taping Saturday at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.

Abdul-Jabbar, Perino and Anderson Cooper are three of the 15 celebrities who will be playing -- among them lots of wonks, pundits and journalists, as well as a surgeon, a comedian and the NBA's all-time top scorer. The episodes will air May 14-18.

The celebrity players' favorite charities will receive their winnings, and some local groups stand to benefit. CNN's Lizzie O'Leary is playing for 826dc, which teaches writing to D.C. students. Kelly O'Donnell from NBC News is playing for Virginia's Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.

Check out the slideshow below to see who's ready to show their smarts on Jeopardy's "Power Players Week" episodes:

2012 Jeopardy Power Players